It’s 1932, and small-town girl Annie Kennedy has lost her parents, her faith in God, and her home. Starting over in Boston, Annie is determined to run in the same fast circles as her older sister, Maggie. Weekends spent at Ocean Pier and a local speakeasy provide plenty of boys, Dr. Pepper, and repeat encounters with Steven O’Connor, a handsome officer who sees Annie as an innocent. Steven’s perceptions of Annie may not be the greatest obstacle to their happiness if a family secret comes to light.
Lessman continues the Winds of Change series by exploring faith and the dangerous impact of secrets in courtship and in marriage. Annie and the O’Connor women struggle with issues of truth and temptation in a real way that builds empathy near the climax in a heart-rending plot twist. Lessman jazzes up the romantic subplot with moments of passion and temptation but keeps it aboveboard for inspirational fiction readers.
This review first appeared in the February 2013 issue of HNR. I was provided with a copy of this book for the purposes of a review.